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A list of the worst directors in film history who have made some of the worst movies ever. Through a combination of luck and major bucks, these awful directors have managed to have long, lucrative careers making films, even though they seem to lack any kind of discernible talent. Even more confusing and frustrating than the fact that studios continue offering these famous directors work is that audiences keep paying to see them. Some of the more notable films from the Hollywood directors on this list include Rush Hour 2, Con Air, Batman and Robin, and Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace - all blockbusters, all totally abysmal. These bad directors continue to churn out some of the worst films ever, ignoring basic conventions of storytelling, abusing special effects, and insulting the intelligence of critics and fans alike.

How many minutes of excessive car chase scenes could we count in the combined works of those listed below? Let us count the ways. These Hollywood hacks have ruined screen adaptations and sequels alike, not to mention their own original works (which we assume mu must have been greenlit by family friends, frat brothers, or studios execs who were blackmailed into submission). The bad directors on this list of drawn the ire and hate mail from critics and fans alike as they've made movie history for their terrible releases.

Vote up those you think deserve to be listed among the absolute worst directors, and vote down those you think aren't so bad. If your least favorite director (or director you love to hate) isn't yet on the list, feel free to add the name at the bottom of the page. Feel free to re-rank this list as you sit fit by clicking the button to the right.

Who are the worst movie directors of all time? That's up to you to decide.

For more infamous Hollywood history, check out this user ranked list of the Worst Movies of All Time and this list of the worst actors who tried music careers.
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990 421
Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Uwe Boll The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

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2
1,245 699
Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Michael Bay The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain

3
745 336
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selt... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie

4
883 847
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
M. Night Shyamalan The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

5
522 157
Zack Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300

6
179 103
Adam Shankman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Adam Shankman The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories

7
206 169
Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Renny Harlin 5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

8
566 346
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tyler Perry Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The Marriage Counselor

9
376 325
Paul W. S. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Paul W. S. Anderson Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

10
420 501
Joel Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Joel Schumacher Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

11
501 469
Brett Ratner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brett Ratner Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

12
279 177
Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tommy Wiseau Homeless in America, The Room

13
105 65
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
IanShepherd added Eli Roth Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

14
384 415
Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Ed Wood Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade

15
70 7
Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Aaron Seltzer Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck

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100 53
Andy Sidaris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andy Sidaris Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

17
210 153
Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dennis Dugan The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

18
254 210
Mark Steven Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Mark Steven Johnson When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

19
265 164
Raja Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Raja Gosnell Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

20
216 158
Brian Levant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brian Levant The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet

21
179 101
Tom Six is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tom Six The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human Centipede

22
331 365
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Roland Emmerich Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

23
129 88
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
sebbzor added Keenen Ivory Wayans Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

24
35 7
Marcus Koch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Koch 100 Tears

25
126 74
Steve Carr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steve Carr Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

26
132 123
Brian Robbins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brian Robbins The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

27
44 24
Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrew Adamson The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion^! the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mister Pip, Shrek

28
125 101
Joe Roth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Joe Roth Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise

29
127 110
Claudio Fragasso is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Claudio Fragasso Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

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84 76
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Spike Lee Sucker Free City, Lumière and Company, HIStory on Film^! Volume II

31
78 86
Rob Cohen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Cohen The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

32
73 19
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Steven Seagal On Deadly Ground

33
113 67
Steven Brill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steven Brill Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

34
89 55
Lawrence Guterman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lawrence Guterman Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

35
59 21
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction

36
42 31
Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Barry Sonnenfeld Addams Family Values, Big Trouble, Get Shorty

37
202 287
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Zombie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses

38
89 61
John Whitesell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
John Whitesell Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

39
98 88
Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jonathan Liebesman The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

40
103 78
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Victor Salva The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2

41
96 107
Marcus Nispel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Nispel Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

42
46 19
John Moore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
hendrick heisenburg added John Moore A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

43
32 29
Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Farrelly brothers Fever Pitch, Me^! Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal

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59 57
Dominic Sena is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dominic Sena 13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

45
38 45
Kurt Wimmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Kurt Wimmer One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

46
82 72
Andrzej Bartkowiak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrzej Bartkowiak Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

47
56 40
Alex Zamm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Alex Zamm Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

48
69 77
Stephen Sommers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Stephen Sommers Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

49
37 4
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Cablogula added Madonna W.E, Filth and Wisdom - W.E., Filth And Wisdom

50
46 33
Phil Tucker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Phil Tucker Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes